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The Power of Cranberries

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Cranberries are usually eaten only around the holidays. It’s really a shame we don’t eat them all year long as they are powerful foods that can work like preventative medicine. I got all emotional when I discovered all the things cranberries can do for us. Don’t you think it’s a divine plan that foods have special properties to keep us well? It makes me feel loved and cared for, and all we have to do is eat them.

Cranberries Feed a Special Bacterium

Cranberries are special prebiotics which means they feed a specific bacteria that promotes the growth of Bifidobacteria. New studies are showing that indigestible sugars found in the cranberry plant cell wall, called xyloglucans, provide food for Bifidobacterium and also break them down into other beneficial compounds.

Bifidobacteria are y-shaped bacteria found in your intestines, and they’re incredibly important for your health.  They're found in the gut of newborn breastfed babies and adults as well. This beneficial bacterium digests fiber and other complex carbs your body can’t digest on its own. When these fibers are digested by the bifidobacteria they produce important chemicals called short-chain fatty acids along with B vitamins and healthy fatty acids.[1] These compounds are huge in supporting gut health and even controlling hunger. [2]Bifidobacteria will consume fibers and may help with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases that plague so many people.

Many researchers are finding that people with chronic diseases such as celiac disease, obesity, diabetes, allergic asthma, and dermatitis all appear to have lower levels of Bifidobacteria in their intestines compared to healthy people. [3][4][5]

Cranberries Are Powerful Antioxidants

Cranberries have proanthocyanidins (PACs) which are very powerful antioxidants that remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. They have shown that the antioxidant power of PACs is 20 times higher than that of vitamin C and 50 times higher than vitamin E. That gives this berry superpowers!

Cranberries Prevent UTIs, Stomach Ulcers, and More!

The PACs in cranberries have a special structure called A-type linkages. The special structure of PACs in cranberries acts as a barrier to harmful bacteria that might latch on to the urinary tract lining. [6] This can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and new studies have been done that found they may also help with preventing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer. [7] [8]  The PACs can also attach to the stomach lining, protecting it from the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which causes stomach ulcers and cancer.

Cranberries Prevent E. Coli Infections

PACs help prevent rare strains of E. coli from growing into large bacterial numbers that can result in outright infection. You're never going to completely eliminate certain bacteria like E. coli because they serve a purpose. You have billions of strains of E. coli helping you digest your food and make vitamins, but there are certain rare strains that can make you sick, like the ones you hear about in the news with food outbreaks. The good news is that the PACs in cranberries can form a barrier that keeps these strains from getting a foothold. I bet you didn't know that! Super cool how our body works, isn't it?

Cranberries Are Anti-Inflammatory

Cranberries also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation throughout the body, especially the mouth, gums (periodontal disease), stomach, and colon. Since cranberries feed Bifidobacteria and allow it to grow and multiply, this will reduce inflammation throughout the body. Bifidobacteria are powerful!

Combine Cranberries With Kefir, Kombucha Veggies Or Water Kefir!

Combine cranberries with a probiotic food and you have a powerful ally to help keep you well. You get massive strains of good bacteria in kefir that will crowd out the harmful bacteria. Combine probiotics with cranberry's high level of PACs and large amounts of vitamin C, and then only the good bacteria can thrive in your body. The harmful stuff has to go bye bye.  Don't you think it's cool that a food can help us prevent disease? All we have to do is eat it and let our body do the rest. This is pretty much what this site is all about.

I have lots of cranberry recipes below, all made with cranberries: Thank You Kraut, Kombucha UTI buster, and Cranberry Lime Kombucha Sparkler, smoothies, and more. I also have a new eBook with lots of cranberry recipes too!

We love cranberries -  they're friends that keep us healthy.

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Check out these Cranberry recipes below!

Christmas Kraut
Unbelievably good kraut that tastes like Christmas!! Feel free to experiment and add different seasonings, like a p…
Cranberry Chai Kombucha
Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, and…
Cranberry Chai Water Kefir
Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infections, respiratory disorders, an…
Cranberry Kefir Delish
You can add small orange slices to this dish after it is already prepared for extra flavor. I love it this way, but…
Cranberry Rosemary Kombucha
Cranberries and rosemary - oh my!! You've gotta try this kombucha. Learn how powerful cranberries are by clicking t…
Cultured Veggie Cosmo Mocktail!
Get your dose of two types of probiotics in this delicious cocktail! Veggie probiotics and water kefir, too!
Grinchy Kefir Smoothie
Spirulina is optional in this smoothie, but it has many benefits. It's considered a superfood made from all-organic…
Kefir Festive Pie
This recipe can be tweaked and made many ways. You can make it dairy free with coconut kefir cheese and tofutti. It…
Kefir Lemon Yule Log
I made this for a Christmas Cultured Class I did and boy was it a hit. This is high in protein and also in probioti…
Thank You Kraut
We named this Thank You Kraut because it is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s loaded with cranberries and cranberry ju…